Can an MSP really increase the performance of your computer hardware?

Of course! Computer technicians should be able to increase a computer’s hardware performance depending on the device’s model. For instance, a hardware upgrade can, at times, fix a slow-running computer. However, if the device you have is outdated - there really isn’t much to do but to upgrade. Some of the easiest hardware upgrades to consider are:

  • Adding More RAM - RAM stands for random-access memory. The faster your RAM is, the better performance your PC will have. With faster RAM, your computer’s processing speed to perform certain tasks and functions generally become faster as well.

  • Expanding Hard Drive - Your hard drive is where you keep all of your data such as documents, media, and programs among other things. Basically, your computer’s hard drive works as your virtual storage device. When it comes to expanding your hard drive, your device will then have more capacity to store more files as well as more speed to be able to cater to more programs. If you want faster speed and better reliability, consider upgrading from a hard disk drive (HDD) to a solid-state drive (SSD).

  • Newer Graphics Card - For businesses that heavily deal with graphics and video software, an upgraded graphics card can provide a faster and more efficient rendering process that would otherwise take forever with an outdated graphics processing unit (GPU).

By no means is this a comprehensive list of the ways an MSP can help you make use of your device to its maximum potential. The most vital question is to look at your business processes and determine where you need upgrades the most as certain types of upgrades don’t come cheap. And, always remember, as your computer ages, the slower it will become. Ask your IT department or your IT services provider about a holistic and more manageable solution to your hardware’s lifecycle. Hardware configuration management is a continuous process where your IT department or your IT services provider (MSP) helps you manage your hardware maintenance costs and give room to the upgrades that make sense at a certain period of time. Usually, IT directors and managed IT services providers develop IT strategies that help extend the life of your company’s IT hardware and maximize its value through regular maintenance and monitoring.


A little about the author. Applied Integration is a Managed IT Service Provider that works with companies to add to or supplement their IT Departments. Operating in Salt Lake City servicing companies in Utah and nationwide for over 20 years, they specialize in IT Solutions, computer support, IT Management and software support including Microsoft 365, Windows 10 and Spruce POS systems.

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